Supporting the rights of the indigenous peoples in West Papua
The rights of indigenous peoples in West Papua are permanently violated by Indonesian dominance. Their tribal territories are exploited by multinational mining corporations and tribesmen are forcibly resettled and killed. Indonesia applies the policy of Neocolonialism in the attempt to gain a total control of the Papuans’ lives, to impose its civilization patterns on them and to uproot their ancient culture.
It is our moral responsibility as global citizens to speak up against the oppression of the indigenous peoples of West Papua and the violation of their human rights.
Stop violation of human rights in West Papua
Embassy of Indonesia
Nad Budankami II/7
150 21 Prague 5
European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights
Development and Cooperation - EuropeAid
B - 1049 Brussels
We, the undersigned citizens, appeal to you to take an unambiguous stand and to publicly condemn the use of violence and violations of human rights in the Indonesian police and military raid against the peaceful gathering of the Third Papuan Congress on October 19, 2011 in Jayapura, Papua province.
During the attack of Indonesian security forces, several people were shot dead or beaten to death, and several hundreds were detained and beaten. This action is a clear violation of the rights to freedom of expression and opinion guaranteed under both the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Indonesian Constitution.
The indigenous inhabitants of West Papua have not had as yet an opportunity to express freely whether they wish to be independent of Indonesia or not. The so called Act of Free Choice in 1969 used threats by violence and forced the tribal chiefs to vote for continuation of Indonesian dominance.
The rights of indigenous peoples in West Papua are permanently violated. Their tribal territories are exploited by multinational mining corporations and tribesmen are forcibly resettled and killed. Indonesia applies the policy of Neocolonialism in the attempt to gain a total control of the Papuans’ lives, to impose its civilization patterns on them, and uproot their ancient culture.
Therefore, we make an appeal to your office to assert the fulfillment of obligations arising from international agreements and The Charter of Fundamental Rights and Basic Freedoms, and to take steps leading to an improvement of the indigenous peoples’ situation.
Karin Hermanska, Brno, Czech Republic
Jan Motycka, Vysoke Myto, Czech Republic
Vaclav Pecl, Brno, Czech Republic
Represented by Vaclav Pecl
Postal address: Vaclav Pecl, Lucni 68, 616 00 Brno, Czech Republic